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Phillips, Jon, Hailwood, Elena and Brooks, Andrew (2016) 'Sovereignty, the ‘resource curse’ and the limits of good governance: a political economy of oil in Ghana.' Review of African Political Economy, 43 (147). pp. 26-42.

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The idea of a resource curse has influenced policy makers and led to calls for good governance to avoid the pitfalls of oil sector development. Through discussion of Ghana's recent insertion into the global political economy of oil, this paper describes the limits of the resource curse framing and associated liberal institutional management approaches to the inherently political nature of oil exploration and production. The paper describes ways in which sovereignty has been exercised both in opposition to and in support of foreign capital, and the role of discourses of ‘good governance’ in structuring the material politics of resource access.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 03056244
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Review of African Political Economy, 43 (147). pp. 26-42. published by Taylor and Francis in 2016 Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2022 15:45
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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